How your Mind is connected to your GUT… what does that mean?


December 31, 2016

We have heard so much about bad or good bugs that dictate our health over the last 5 years or maybe even longer with the hygiene hypothesis. All bugs were bad and now we know that we are made up of more bacteria, fungi and microbes than we have human cells. So our bugs really have a profound effect on our health. Some of the research has been dedicated to mental health and bacteria correlation. The abstract below speaks to the gut-brain connection via the vagus nerve and hormones that are produced in the body. The science is very young and most that is discussed now will change in the next 5 years. So, take the advice and or studies with a critical thinking mind. There is a little bit of truth in the data, but it will change as we move into more knowledge about the bugs.

With that being said, there is a clear connection with the gut (nasal to rectum) to the brain interaction. Main areas of concern is the food consumed and thru digestion the insulin, glucagon, leptin and other hormones are circulating in the gut and back to the brain. Which those hormones makes changes in the brain to affect mood, mental reactions in the conscious and subconscious states. It’s been quite vague on how the bugs affect mood, but the scientist know that missing bugs/bacteria from the gut will make devastating effects to the mind.

The way to know what you have in your gut is to take a stool test and one of the best ones for the money is called uBiome: link to purchase . Information about Gut health on LLT site link.

You can take l-glutamine everyday in powder form. It’s mentioned below and there are many other fibers that help the good bugs grow. First, know what you are working with in your gut via stool test and then make strategies to keep the gut tight (restore product for tight gut) and then feed the bugs the carbohydrates they like to eat like RS, Galactan and Acacia fibers. 

Lastly, there are ways to engage the vagus nerve to make sure the signals are getting thru to the brain from gut. The vagus nerve is very likely healthy or compromised with one’s environment and genetic makeup. Reference my vagus nerve blog to understand brain/gut wiring. So get the vagus working and the bugs feed, then health is on it way. Sooner than later, if you start now.

If you’d like to understand more what you can do now, then email me at and we can discuss your goals for now and 2017.

 Article Reference:

The concept of the gut-brain axis, a term which describes the complex bidirectional communication system that exists between the central nervous system and the gastrointestinal tract and which is vital for maintaining homeostasis [1,2]. The gut-brain axis is involved in a multitude of physiological processes including satiety, food intake, regulation of glucose and fat metabolism, insulin secretion and sensitivity, bone metabolism [3,4], and lifespan [5]. Emotional or physical stressors may cause disturbances at every levels of the brain-gut axis including the central, autonomic and enteric nervous systems and affect regulation of visceral perception and emotional response to visceral events [6]. Brain communicates with the gut through multiple parallel pathways including autonomic nervous system, the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis, and other connections, which were termed the brain-gut axis [7,8]. Several nutrients, including L-glutamine, L-glutamate, glucose, and sucrose, have physiological effects such as protecting the gastric mucosa, improving emotional state, and supplying energy in the subconscious state. T   Source: link

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